Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on September 6, 2012 @ 08:50:10 PDT


First Baseman

1B | Carlos Lee | Miami Marlins | Fantasy
Miami Marlins 1B Carlos Lee is out of the lineup Thursday, Sept. 6.

1B | Eric Hosmer | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals 1B Eric Hosmer stole two bases Wednesday, Sept. 5, and has 14 steals on the year.

1B | Chris Parmelee | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Minnesota Twins 1B Chris Parmelee went 2-for-4 Wednesday, Sept. 5, and his hitting .406 (13-for-32) in eight games since being recalled from Triple-A Rochester. "It's the same game here or there, it's just less mistakes to hit, fewer opportunities to get your pitch," Parmelee said. "So when you get it, you can't miss it."

1B | Mat Gamel | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers 3B Mat Gamel (knee) may play in the Arizona Fall League this offseason, depending on a doctor's recommendation when Gamel is examined next week. He has been taking grounders and has been hitting in the cages. SS Alex Gonzalez (knee) is making more progress and is ahead of schedule in his recovery. Gonzalez doesn't expect to return before the end of the season.

1B | Joey Votto | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds 1B Joey Votto (knee) went 2-for-3 with a walk in his return to the lineup Wednesday, Sept. 5, and he had 10 chances in the field. "It held up pretty well until (Antonio) Bastardo buckled it," said Votto, referring to his strikeout in the eighth. "I had no problems at all. If we had a game tomorrow, I'd be more than happy to play. I feel fine."

1B | David Cooper | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays 1B David Cooper (back) is unlikely to return this year after aggravating his back injury. He's been shut down during his rehab.

1B | Albert Pujols | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
There is no timetable for Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1B Albert Pujols (calf) to return to first base duties. Pujols is still bothered when he runs, but he has been taking ground balls at first base recently. He's hitting .377 with three home runs and 10 RBIs during a 13-game hitting streak.

1B | Mark Teixeira | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira (calf) took batting practice and ran on a treadmill Tuesday, Sept. 4, and he could take ground balls Wednesday, Sept. 5, with the hope of returning to the lineup Thursday, Sept. 6.

1B | Lance Berkman | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals 1B Lance Berkman is likely to have a diminished role down the stretch, as manager Mike Matheny wants to see more mobility from Berkman before starting him at first base. Berkman will be used often as a pinch hitter.

Second Baseman

2B | Josh Rutledge | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies SS Josh Rutledge will see regular playing time at second base the rest of the season.

2B | Rickie Weeks | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers 2B Rickie Weeks hit two homers and drove in four runs Wednesday, Sept. 5.

2B | Neil Walker | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Pittsburgh Pirates 2B Neil Walker (back) is unlikely to return until at least Saturday, Sept. 8.

2B | Chase Utley | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies 2B Chase Utley continues to take some grounders at third base before games, but the move to the hot corner isn't something that will be happening soon. "He's taking ground balls there, that's what he's doing," skipper Charlie Manuel said. "(Heck), when I was a player, I played right field most of the time, and I'd take ground balls at shortstop, third, first. I'd take a lot of ground balls sometimes."

2B | Brandon Phillips | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds 2B Brandon Phillips is back in the leadoff spot Wednesday, Sept. 5, with the return of 1B Joey Votto (knee). "It's really no big deal," manager Dusty Baker said. "They talk about our MVPs. It could be (Jay) Bruce. It could be (Aroldis) Chapman. You talk about (Todd) Frazier. But Brandon's one of the unsung MVPs. He's the only guy I have here who can hit all over the lineup and perform well. There aren't many guys around who can do that."


SS | Alex Gonzalez | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers SS Alex Gonzalez (knee), who underwent surgery to repair a torn right ACL on May 17, is ahead of schedule in his recovery. Gonzalez has been with the team while it's playing the Marlins in Miami, and manager Ron Roenicke said the shortstop has been working in the batting cages, fielding ground balls and running, though not at full speed. "He's ahead of schedule, so I don't want to say no. He's probably got an appointment in a couple weeks, and if the doctor says he's ready to go, then we'll have to rethink what we're doing," Roenicke said when asked about a return to the lineup in 2012.

SS | Troy Tulowitzki | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki (groin) will play five innings at shortstop with Double-A Tulsa Wednesday, Sept. 5.

SS | Jimmy Rollins | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies SS Jimmy Rollins recorded his 2,000th career hit Tuesday, Sept. 4. He needs only two stolen bases to reach 400 for his career.

SS | Ramiro Pena | New York Yankees | Transaction
New York Yankees SS Ramiro Pena cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Tuesday, Sept. 4.

Third Baseman

3B | Aramis Ramirez | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers 3B Aramis Ramirez (back) is out of the lineup Thursday, Sept. 6.

3B | Brett Lawrie | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays 3B Brett Lawrie (oblique) went 0-for-3 in a rehab game at Class A Dunedin Wednesday, Sept. 5. He'll continue his rehab at Double-A Lansing after Dunedin was eliminated from the playoffs.

3B | Brandon Inge | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics 3B Brandon Inge (shoulder) will undergo shoulder surgery Thursday, Sept. 13.


C | A.J. Pierzynski | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Rumors circulated that Chicago White Sox C A.J. Pierzynski would be suspended for using a banned substance. Major League Baseball said that there is nothing to the rumors, according to the league source.

C | J.P. Arencibia | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays C J.P. Arencibia (hand) is expected to return from the disabled list Friday, Sept. 7.

C | Mike Napoli | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers C Mike Napoli (quadriceps) ran on the field for the second straight day Wednesday, Sept. 5, and didn't suffer any setbacks. However, he's still not ready to run the bases, which is the last step before he goes on a minor league rehab assignment. "I want to push it, but I can't afford a setback," Napoli said. "One setback and I could be done for the rest of the year. I want to get back and finish the season."

C | Hank Conger | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim recalled C Hank Conger and SP Barry Enright from the minors Tuesday, Sept. 4.

C | Yadier Molina | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals OF Matt Holliday (back), OF Allen Craig, 3B David Freese and C Yadier Molina are out of the lineup Wednesday, Sept. 5. 1B Lance Berkman is in the lineup.


OF | Carlos Gonzalez | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies OF Carlos Gonzalez is out of the lineup Thursday, Sept. 6. 3B Jordan Pacheco is hitting third today.

OF | Justin Christian | San Francisco Giants | Injury
San Francisco Giants OF Justin Christian (wrist) will return when he's eligible Friday, Sept. 7.

OF | Xavier Nady | San Francisco Giants | Injury
San Francisco Giants OF Xavier Nady (hamstring) left the game Wednesday, Sept. 5, with a strained left hamstring.

OF | Michael Saunders | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Mariners OF Michael Saunders (hamstring) and OF Franklin Gutierrez (groin) are expected to be available Friday, Sept. 7.

OF | Bryce Harper | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals OF Bryce Harper hit two solo homers Wednesday, Sept. 5.

OF | Alex Rios | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox OF Alex Rios hit two homers and drove in six runs Wednesday, Sept. 5.

OF | Jay Bruce | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds OF Jay Bruce homered in his fourth straight game Wednesday, Sept. 5.

OF | Chris Denorfia | San Diego Padres | Transaction, Fantasy
The San Diego Padres have signed OF Chris Denorfia to a contract extension through the 2014 season. No financial terms were immediately available.

OF | Starling Marte | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates OF Starling Marte (oblique) went 0-for-5 with Single-A State College Tuesday, Sept. 4, and will play for Triple-A Indianapolis Wednesday, Sept. 5.

OF | Travis Snider | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates OF Travis Snider (hamstring) will need "a few days" to recover from a strained right hamstring he suffered Tuesday, Sept. 4. OF Jose Tabata (foot), who replaced Snider Tuesday, fouled a pitch off his foot and was also forced to sit out Wednesday, Sept. 5.

OF | Fernando Martinez | Houston Astros | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Astros OF Fernando Martinez (thigh) was scratched from the lineup Wednesday, Sept. 5, with a left inner inflamed boil on his thigh.

OF | Hengelbert Rojas | New York Mets | Transaction
New York Mets OF Hengelbert Rojas was suspended 50 games Wednesday, Sept. 5, after testing positive for Stanozolol and Nandrolone, both performance-enhancing drugs.

OF | Jayson Werth | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals OF Jayson Werth is receiving the day off Wednesday, Sept. 5. Werth is 3-for-33 in his career against Chicago Cubs SP Chris Volstad.

OF | B.J. Upton | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays OF B.J. Upton is taking the day off Wednesday, Sept. 5.

OF | Matt Holliday | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals OF Matt Holliday (back) felt healthy enough to play Wednesday, Sept. 5, after leaving early with back tightness Tuesday, Sept. 4. He is expected to return to the lineup Friday, Sept. 7, after an off day Thursday, Sept. 6.

OF | Matt Kemp | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly still thinks OF Matt Kemp's (shoulder, knee) front left shoulder is still bothering him. Kemp said his knee was "as good as it's going to get" for the rest of the season, implying that he's still not at 100 percent health. Kemp is hitting .143 (3-for-21) since crashing into the center field wall in Colorado.

OF | Josh Willingham | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins OF Josh Willingham (hamstring) was sitting out Wednesday, Sept. 5, and he's been bothered a sore hamstring the past two days. "If I can give him today and tomorrow, that would be a wonderful thing," said manager Ron Gardenhire, adding Willingham would be available to pinch hit. "He thinks he'll be able to get back out there and maybe play some outfield."

OF | Darin Mastroianni | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Minnesota Twins OF Darin Mastroianni is hitting .291 with two home runs, nine RBIs and 13 stolen bases in his last 37 games, and he's impressed manager Ron Gardenhire. "(He) can make things happen and those are the kind of guys who, if you don't use them as a starter, then you put them in there when you're going through a little of one of those 'blahs,'" Gardenhire said. "You put a guy like that in there and he can really fire up a group."

OF | John Mayberry Jr. | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies OF John Mayberry Jr. is hitting better now that he's been playing more often. He hit .230 with 55 hits, 13 doubles, eight home runs and 25 RBIs in his first 55 games through July, but he's hitting .301 with 34 hits, six doubles, six home runs and 15 RBIs in 29 games since the team traded away OFs Shane Victorino and Hunter Pence. However, Charlie Manuel still wants to see more success from Mayberry against righties before he's considered a regular. Mayberry is hitting .297 with eight home runs and 19 RBIs against southpaws but is hitting only .224 with six home runs and 21 RBIs against right-handers in 76 more at-bats.

OF | Adam Eaton | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Transaction
The Arizona Diamondbacks recalled OF Adam Eaton from the minors Tuesday, Sept. 4, and moved C Henry Blanco (thumb) to the 60-day disabled list in a corresponding move.

OF | Carlos Beltran | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals OF Carlos Beltran (knee) is back in the starting lineup Wednesday, Sept. 5.

OF | Denard Span | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins general manager Terry Ryan said he's hoping OF Denard Span (shoulder) can return from the disabled list when he is eligible Wednesday, Sept. 12. Span has been taking swings in the batting cages as he rehabs.

OF | Peter Orr | Philadelphia Phillies | Transaction
The Philadelphia Phillies recalled OF Peter Orr from Triple-A Lehigh Valley Tuesday, Sept. 4.

Starting Pitcher

SP | Chad Billingsley | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Chad Billingsley (elbow) has a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow and will wait two or three more weeks to see if the ligament heals. He'll begin throwing at that point, and if he's successfully able to throw, he won't need Tommy John surgery.

SP | Trevor Cahill | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks SP Trevor Cahill retired the first 16 hitters he faced Wednesday, Sept. 5, before he loaded the bases and hit the showers. He ended up allowing two runs on two hits and a walk while fanning five in 6 1/3 innings to beat the San Francisco Giants.

SP | Mike Minor | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves SP Mike Minor allowed one hit and four walks while fanning seven in seven shutout innings to beat the Colorado Rockies Wednesday, Sept. 5.

SP | Gio Gonzalez | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals SP Gio Gonzalez allowed three hits and no walks while fanning nine in seven shutout innings to beat the Chicago Cubs Wednesday, Sept. 5. He tied New York Mets SP R.A. Dickey for the majors' lead in wins with 18. He also hasn't allowed an earned run in 16 innings.

SP | Shelby Miller | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals SP Shelby Miller struck out four in two scoreless innings of relief in his major league debut Wednesday, Sept. 5.

SP | Jeremy Guthrie | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
The Kansas City Royals will likely wait until after the season to undergo contract talks with SP Jeremy Guthrie, who is a free agent.

SP | Tyler Thornburg | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers SP Tyler Thornburg could see some time in the bullpen before eventually making a start in the rotation, according to team sources.

SP | Ryan Dempster | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers SP Ryan Dempster has a 2.90 earned run average with the team when C Geovany Soto is his catcher. Both were formerly with the Chicago Cubs.

SP | Troy Patton | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles RP Troy Patton (ankle) threw from 120 feet for the second consecutive day Wednesday, Sept. 5, with no reported problems with his right ankle. He will throw off a pitching rubber on Friday, Sept. 7, for the first time since landing on the disabled list in mid-August. Manager Buck Showalter said there is still no timetable for his return. "Until he gets on a regulation mound and throws downhill and has no problems, it's hard to put any time frame on it. That's the hurdle," Showalter explained.

SP | Roger Clemens | Independent League | Free Agents, Fantasy
Free-agent SP Roger Clemens (Independent League) has silenced speculation about a possible return to the majors this season, at least temporarily. At a news conference for the Sugar Land Skeeters on Tuesday, Sept. 4, Clemens downplayed his chances of returning to the big leagues at age 50. "I don't see it happening," he told reporters.

SP | Mike Pelfrey | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets SP Mike Pelfrey (elbow), who is recovering from Tommy John surgery in May, might be considered for bullpen duty in 2013 if he is able to pitch.

SP | Brandon McCarthy | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Updating an ongoing story, Oakland Athletics SP Brandon McCarthy (head) walked off the mound under his own power to an ovation from the Oakland Coliseum crowd following a scary incident in which he was hit by a line drive. He was taken to Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Oakland. The A's said Wednesday, Sept. 5, that McCarthy was conscious and doing well, but doctors wanted him to stay overnight for further observation and he would not travel with the team to Seattle on Thursday, Sept. 6.

SP | Chris Carpenter | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous items, St. Louis Cardinals SP Chris Carpenter (shoulder), who had surgery in July to alleviate the choking of nerves near his right shoulder, is building his pitch count with each rehab outing in an effort to rejoin the rotation before the end of this regular season. General manager John Mozeliak called that option "in play," and the Cardinals are open to using Carpenter as a starter down the stretch.

SP | Alex Cobb | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy,
Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon said SP Alex Cobb will not have an innings limit going forward, but the team will be mindful of his workload.

SP | R.A. Dickey | New York Mets | Fantasy,
New York Mets SP R.A. Dickey became the majors' first 18-game winner by defeating the St. Louis Cardinals Wednesday, Sept. 5. He gave up two runs in 6 2/3 innings while allowing eight hits and striking out five. Ps Frank Viola (20-12) and Dwight Gooden (19-7) were the last pitchers in franchise history to reach 18 wins, and they both did it in 1990.

SP | Jeff Niemann | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy,
Tampa Bay Rays SP Jeff Niemann (shoulder) received "good news" from Dr. James Andrews Wednesday, Sept. 5, and it's possible that he will return this season.

SP | Ricky Romero | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy,
Toronto Blue Jays SP Ricky Romero will have his next start pushed back, and he won't start again until a week from Wednesday, Sept. 5. He'll be on nine days of rest.

SP | Scott Diamond | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy,
Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said the team is monitoring SP Scott Diamond's innings this season, as he's thrown 177 total innings with the Twins and Triple-A Rochester. "We're very aware of the innings pitched," Gardenhire said. "He's going to be right up there at 200 innings when it's all said and done. We know where he's at, and we know how many starts he has left." Diamond should have four starts left this year.

SP | Jered Weaver | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Jered Weaver (shoulder) won't make his next start against the Detroit Tigers Friday, Sept. 7, and will miss the entire series.

SP | Chris Sale | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy,
Chicago White Sox manager Robin Ventura said SP Chris Sale won't receive any amount of extended rest during the stretch run this month. "We're passed that point of giving guys chunks of time," Ventura said. "Probably more an extra day more than anything - a day or two, not skipping two starts or anything like that." However, Ventura wouldn't dismiss the possibility that the team will shut Sale down at some point.

SP | Zach Britton | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Zach Britton tossed seven shutout innings against the Toronto Blue Jays Tuesday, Sept. 4, for his second straight start. He is 4-0 with a 0.94 ERA in his last four starts, and he's given up only three runs and five extra-base hits with more than a strikeout per inning over that time. The Blue Jays were 0-for-7 with three strikeouts in at-bats that ended with Britton's slider Tuesday. His opponents are 0-for-20 with 13 strikeouts against his slider in his last four starts. Britton used his slider as a put away pitch and kept his fastball down in the zone consistently.

SP | Zack Greinke | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy,
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Zack Greinke has given up at least one home run in seven consecutive starts, which is the longest streak of his career.

Relief Pitcher

RP | Rob Scahill | Colorado Rockies | Transaction
The Colorado Rockies selected the contract of P Rob Scahill from Triple-A Colorado Springs.

RP | Tom Layne | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres RP Tom Layne picked up a one-out save Wednesday, Sept. 5.

RP | Robbie Ross | Texas Rangers | Injury,
Texas Rangers RP Robbie Ross (forearm) is expected to be cleared to start a throwing program Wednesday, Sept. 5. Ross is expected to be available for the playoffs.

RP | Hector Santiago | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy,
Chicago White Sox RP Hector Santiago said starting games allows him to use all of his pitches, as opposed to working one inning out of the bullpen. "(Monday), I got to throw everything: changeups for strikes, screwballs for strikes, sliders for strikes, cutters for strikes. I threw everything in all different counts. It was a big change in situations, closing to starting," Santiago said. Santiago is the favorite to start against the Kansas City Royals Sunday, Sept. 9.

RP | Jordan Norberto | Oakland Athletics | Injury,
Oakland Athletics RP Jordan Norberto (shoulder) is hoping to be cleared to play catch within the next few days and return to the team later this month. Norberto's shoulder is feeling much improved.

RP | Kenley Jansen | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Dodgers RP Kenley Jansen (heart) said he will undergo an ablation procedure on his heart in the offseason, which will hopefully resolve his irregular heartbeat, known as atrial fibrillation.

RP | Matt Capps | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy,
Minnesota Twins RP Matt Capps (shoulder) has been throwing on flat ground recently.

RP | Andrew Bailey | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox RP Andrew Bailey, who closed out the game against the Seattle Mariners Tuesday, Sept. 4, said he is feeling 100 percent healthy now. "I feel 100 percent now," Bailey said after picking up his second save. "Obviously with the injury, this season's been very frustrating. I'm hoping I can do this for a long time here."

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